Photography GCSE

Full name of specification

Lens Based Media (Photography)

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What is GCSE photography?

The Photography GCSE aims to allow students to develop and refine their own ideas, supported by an understanding of their context and what has informed them. Students work through purposeful engagement to build their own body of work.

Why study this course?

Photography is increasingly popular as a GCSE choice. It encourages the exploration of photography as an artistic medium. It combines well with more traditional subjects, providing an outlet for creativity. Photography can be a useful addition to a student’s portfolio of qualifications and can also help to secure admission to Art College or university.

What can you expect from this course?

Students must develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills specified in the Subject content to realise personal intentions relevant to photography and their selected area(s) of study.
The following aspects of the knowledge, understanding and skills are defined in further detail to ensure students’ work is clearly focused and relevant to photography.

How is it assessed?

60% Coursework, 40% exam

What can I do after completing this qualification?

The course can lead to A Levels in Photography and in Art & Design. This course can be a real asset if you intend to continue on higher level courses. It can also eventually lead you into a range of careers, including commercial photography.

What will I study?

• Portraiture
• Location photography
• Studio photography
• Experimental imagery
• Installation
• Documentary photography
• Photo-journalism
• Moving image: film, video and animation
• Fashion photography.

Additional activities within this subject

Photoshop and image manipulation